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Sawchen Lecture: Barbara Henry, “Road, River, and Book: the Russian Literary Underworld”
Join us on January 26 at 2:00 pm for the virtual Sawchen Lecture Series, featuring Barbara Henry of the University of Washington Seattle. This talk is part of the North American Dostoevsky Society's Bicentennial Speaker Series.

Title: "Road, River, and Book: the Russian Literary Underworld"

Abstract: The Russian literary descent or katabasis takes three distinct forms: the folkloric distant journey, the classical voyage over water, and the Romantic “found manuscript.” Unlike the vertically-organized underworld of western European literature, the lateral orientation of the Russian katabasis reflects both native geography and a psychic ideal that levels social and economic hierarchies. This talk looks at how Dostoevsky’s Notes from the House of the Dead (1862) unifies this tri-partite model. Unlike the inwardly-directed, centripetal emphases of the European descent, the transformations effected in the “dead house” are centrifugal, radiating outwards to echo the colossal changes effected by the 1861 Emancipation of the Serfs.

Please be advised that this event will be recorded. Attendees will be muted and have video automatically turned off. If you ask a question or otherwise participate in the session, be aware that your name may be visible on the recording. The telephone dial-in option is not available for this webinar. However, the recording will be made available on cenes.ubc.ca and circle.ubc.ca after the live presentation.

Jan 26, 2021 02:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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